There are many waterfalls
spread through out Caelereth. Many are larger and
most are more spectacular but Cloud Falls is one of the unique waterfalls. The
source of Cloud Falls begins to the south of Cloudtop Peak but the two have
nothing in common except their names.
Cloud Falls start as a cold mountain stream originating high in the
Mithral Mountains. It winds its way down
out of the mountains along the southern foot of Cloudtop Peak adding little
rivulets as it flows along. It does not gain vast amounts of water along the
way and stays a modest river until it reaches Cloud Ridge. Cloud Ridge
protrudes out at the side of the mountains forming a kind of shelf several
hundred peds long. It is white granite with several gray streaks through out
giving an appearance of a white cloud among the grayer background. In the
middle of this ridge is Cloud Falls, tumbling over the edge down its face into
the depths below. The water of these falls is diffused at the top over an area
of about 30 peds before
dropping over the edge of the ridge. This gives the appearance that Cloud Ridge
is shedding tears of rain. About two hundred peds down the side of the ridge is
a massive out cropping of granite that the free falling water strikes bouncing
into the air forming a cloud of white mist before continuing its trek to the
pool below. The pool itself is rather small in size, circular in shape with the
small Cloud River flowing out of the southeast corner. Cloud River meanders
southward for about two stral before joining with the Raven River. Cloud Falls
drops in to a narrow gulch with several large foothills along the eastern side.
When seen from the Mithral Route the falls give the appearance of cascading
down from one cloud to another. This is because these foothills block the view
of the outcropping so only the mist formed by the bouncing
water is seen. It is believed this is the
main reason the falls have acquired the name Cloud Falls.
Location. Cloud Falls is
on the eastern side of the Mithral Mountains.
These mountains in turn are located in the eastern part of province
Manthria along the Adanian Sea. The falls themselves
cascade over a white granite ridge some sixty strals south of
Myth/Lore. There is
no predominant myth or lore connected to these falls. It has been a place of
quiet relaxation for many travelers and oft times a place where bards and
writers come for inspiration. This is because the normal roar or thunder of a
typical waterfall is muted here. Sometimes it is said that this is the place
where Baveras or
Seyella come to shed their tears.
Although that may be poetic license taken by the many writers or songsters that
visit this place.
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